An international group of ocean scientists and leaders from a range of international research and environmental organizations, government agencies, and industry partners (pictured below) participated in a special session on ship noise and ship strike issues related to marine conservation at a recent preparatory meeting for the United Nations Oceans Conference. SEA’s Brandon Southall was among the invited panelists, which also included the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

A summary of the concept note developed for this meeting and a summary of the event is available at the Oceans Conference website: and

Edited video and all the various documents available (including our final WG summary is also available at:

This event lead to the formation of a working group in preparation for the June UN Oceans Conference which has developed a set of voluntary commitments on the reduction of noise in the oceans, for which SEA is proud to be a participating member